Queen of Shadows - Sarah J. Maas

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

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My Review:

solid, good read:
4/5

She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.

3.5 stars, rounded up.

Not quite as good as Heir of Fire, the loss of magic did take away some of the love I was starting to feel for the Throne of Glass series. However, I did enjoy all of the plotting and sneaking around. Even if it was highly unrealistic, and they should’ve been caught so many times.

Lysandra is definitely a new fave. She’s a unique and refreshing addition to the male-heavy cast of characters, especially because the whole ‘territorial Fae‘ thing can get pretty annoying; it’s nice to have another woman around willing to stand up for herself.

And I’m very much looking forward to more shapeshifting in the rest of the series.

There were many good parts here involving plotting and action; the plot to free Aedion, the long-awaited Arobynn storyline, Dorian’s fight against the darkness, trying to free magic and unseat the King. But there was a lot of downtime, too – while Aelin is off doing typical Aelin things (keeping secrets, making plans no one is allowed to know about, keeping her court out of the loop), everyone else sits around a lot and wait for things to happen. Also, Chaol gets slightly better over time but is still super judgemental and annoying for most of Queen of Shadows.

The witches/wyverns/Elide storyline is bubbling with potential – I can’t wait to get more out of them. And I’m very much looking forward to more magic in Empire of Storms. Here’s hoping we didn’t peak with Heir of Fire

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